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the last stand

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this score is meant to represent a battle, the first 9 measures are the men in the castle watching their enemies march toward them, the second part is of the battle, the third part, which is a piano solo, is one man looking over the wreckage, the fourth movement is the castle rejoicing, and the last part is a preview to the next battle
Grade Level: 8
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: piano courtet
Key: Dm
Meter Signature: 4/4 6/8
Tempo: 100
Status: Work in Progress
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#7 Erik Nielsen 2017-09-15 11:29
Dear Drew,
Thanks so much for taking care of this. The piece looks good and I've downloaded all the parts. I'll keep you posted on the date of the concert as soon as it's been confirmed.

Best wishes,
#6 Erik Nielsen 2017-09-13 13:48
Dear Drew,
I have not heard from you in several weeks. I have now created a folder on Google Drive so that once you've made that one correction I noted last time you can upload the parts as a single .pdf file to that folder and I can then print them for the musicians. I can print the score but not the parts and I need them soon to get them out to the musicians. I can't remember whether I taught you how to automatically get multi-measure rests to go into your parts, but if not it's easy. Just click on the Settings icon in the upper left of the toolbar above your music (it's the gear wheel-shaped icon), then click on Formatting in the upper menu that shows up on the Settings page. Near the bottom of the Formatting page that is a check box that says "automatically create multi-measure rests". Check the box, then save your changes. Once you're ready, click on the Print parts icon above the score (the multiple pages icon) and print the parts as a .pdf, then upload it to the Google Drive folder with your name that I've shared with you. I'll be notified when that's happened. Please take care of this as soon as possible and let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
#5 Erik Nielsen 2017-08-23 10:00
Dear Drew,
This looks much better. There's just one thing we both missed: in bar 73 when the viola re-enters after many bars' rest, it needs a dynamic mark (I'd say mp to match the violin) at the beginning of the crescendo. Once you've made that correction, please print the parts as .pdf files (or a single file is fine also) and try to upload them where it says upload files. I'm not sure that this will work (I haven't had any success uploading .pdf files before). If it doesn't work, then please email them to me at as attachments. That way I can print them for the players. Please let me know if you have questions. Good work! I look forward to seeing more soon.

Best wishes,
#4 Drew Frankenberg 2017-08-21 10:59
Alright! I think that I did everything on your list(s), let me know if I got something wrong or if there is anything else that needs fixing

thank you!!
#3 Erik Nielsen 2017-08-18 09:31
Dear Drew,
Thanks for taking care of so many of these things. You're almost done now. I found a few I had missed and a few you missed as well. Here they are.
1. I think I confused you about the violin in bar 19. It looks great until the beginning of beat 4. You need to detach the first note of the triplet from the eighth notes of beat 3, then you need to attach the triplet with a beam to that poor lonely eighth note at the end of the bar. Likewise in bar 24 in violin and 33 in violin and piano you need to attach the triplet figure to the following single eighth note.
2. In bar 40 in the piano right hand the eighth tied to the quarter needs its rhythm reversed, i.e., quarter tied to and followed by the eighth.
3. In bar 42 in piano the dotted quarter note needs to be an eighth note tied to a quarter.
4. In bar 47 in piano beam the two eighth notes together. In 48 make all those right hand notes into a dotted half note.
5. In bars 76 and 78 in viola make the first two tied eighth notes into a quarter.
6. Finally, in bars 85 and 86 you left the viola and cello out of the fun! Can you give them a crescendo in 85 and an ff mark in 86 to match the violin and piano?

Okay, Drew, that's it for today. Please get these changes made and I think we'll be ready for the final steps next time. Please let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
#2 Drew Frankenberg 2017-08-17 11:24
Hi Erik, I have done everything on the list. If you have any more suggestions please let me know.

Thank you so much!

#1 Erik Nielsen 2017-08-04 13:08
Dear Drew,
Yay, success! I think you were right that we didn't save the upload when we worked on it. I'm so glad it's there now. It was a pleasure working with you and watching both your piece and you grow as the week progressed. This is a very effective work for quartet.
I have some little things that need attention, mostly to do with dynamics. Here's my list.
1. Make sure that crescendi, decrescendi and dynamics don't bump into each other. See bars 3-4 in cello and piano, 6-7 in violin, viola and piano, etc., to see what I mean. Please look over the entire piece and fix any such problems.
2. The piano crescendo in bar 9 needs to be shorter and the last note needs a dynamic mark (f?). Otherwise, the pianist won't know how loudly to play there and in bar 11. The same thing is true at the end of 15 in piano, and in addition, the dynamics below the left hand in 14-15 are unnecessary as they're identical to those in the right hand.
3. The figure of an eighth note followed by a 16th-note triplet on the same beat needs to be joined (beamed) together (see bar 17 in cello and piano). In bar 19 in violin the triplet needs to be joined to the eighth note following since they are both in beat 4.
4. Speaking of 19 (and 20) in violin, the rhythmic notation is incorrect. Here's the proper notation: (bar 19) quarter rest, eighth rest, eighth note tied to eighth note, another eighth note (beamed to the previous eighth), then triplet beamed to the following eighth; bar 20 is as you have it except that the two eighths in the middle that are beamed together need to be split apart.
5. Again, the piano left hand dynamics in 19-20 can be deleted, but the part needs a dynamic mark for the downbeat of bar 21.
6. Bar 25 in piano the f needs to be between the hands.
6. Bar 28 in piano the second quarter note needs to be two tied eighths instead (so the player can see where beat 3 begins).
7. In bars 37 and 42 the piano dotted quarter notes need to be a quarter tied to an eighth (37) or an eighth tied to a quarter (42).
8. The piano right hand at bar 48 needs to be a dotted half note.
9. I think the f in piano in bar 63 needs to be between the hands, not just for the left hand.
10. Bar 76 and 78 in viola the dotted quarter needs to be an eighth tied to a quarter.
11. What's the dynamic level for violin when it re-enters at 79?
12. In bar 81 the piano and violin don't agree about the 5th beat. I think the violin needs to move the F to a G since both hands of the piano agree on the note. (I thought we fixed this one.)
13. Are you just going to leave the dynamics at the end as they are at bar 79? Finishing at mp/mf won't have the same effect as a crescendo in 85 to f or even ff for the final notes (or f for the downbeat of 86 and then p or pp for the final note as a surprise). Try it out and see how it sounds to you.

Drew, this looks like a long list, but I promise that each fix is a matter of seconds really. Once you've taken care of these, leave me a comment here and I'll be notified and then we can take care of any remaining score prep issues. Congratulations on a fine piece. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

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